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Johnny Hi Gear. Johnny Hi Gear was created by “Stewart Stirling,” the pseudonym of Prentice Winchell (Jim Big-Knife, Steve Koski, Eric Lewis, Vince Mallie, Ben Pedley, Special Squad), and appeared in eight stories in Black Mask in 1931 and 1932, beginning with “Boomerang Dice” (Black Mask, Apr. 1931).

Johnny Hi Gear is undercover federal agent K-5, investigating criminals like the racist stereotype King Collis, “Negro Policy King.”

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